The German artist Ludwig Meidner believed that the experience of life in the city required a new and different type of artistic approach. He wanted to try and capture the unseen forces and energies in a city, as well as the urgency of metropolitan life.
‘Let us paint what is close to us, our city world! The wild streets, the elegance of iron suspension bridges, gas tanks which hang in white-cloud mountains, the roaring colours of buses and express locomotives, the rushing telephone wires (aren’t they like music?), the harlequinade of advertising pillars, and the night… big city night.’
Image: Ludwig Meidner, ‘I and the City’, 1913. Oil on canvas. 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches.
This self-portrait is part of a series of street scenes that celebrate the frenetic dynamism of Berlin.
This post is an excerpt from ‘The City Speaks’ exhibition.